You take the time to worry about your heart and your lungs, so why wouldn't you think about your eye health? If you are like most people, it might be because you don't know that much about how to take care of your eyes. Fortunately, I have been working with other people to teach them about eye health for the past twenty years. My father lost his eyesight because of a few bad decisions, and I don't want to see other people go down that path. Read here to learn why you should exercise, eat right, and see your eye doctor regularly.
Have you noticed that your vision is not as great as it used to be, and you've never had an eye exam in the past to have your vision tested? If so, you'll definitely have a few questions about getting your very first eye exam.
What Should You Expect During An Eye Exam?
When people think of an eye exam, they picture sitting in a chair and looking through one of those strange-looking devices with many lenses while looking at a chart. That is only one part of what happens at an eye exam. Part of an eye exam is not only to check your vision but to look at the health of your eyes as well. You'll undergo a few different tests during the eye exam to get a baseline of what they are like for future exams.
What Should You Do Prior To An Eye Exam?
Since your eye exam will be your very first appointment, you don't have to worry about bringing in previous glasses or contact lenses. All you really should have on hand is a list of medications that you are taking. This will help your doctor determine if you are taking anything that can cause your eyes to become sensitive to light, dry, or have another side effect related to your eye health.
Does An Eye Exam Hurt?
You can expect an eye exam to be pain-free since much of the procedure is done by observing your eyes with various tools. However, your eyes may need to be dilated to perform some tests, which can cause your vision to become blurry afterward. You may need someone to drive you home after the appointment if this is a concern. Thankfully, many optometrists are able to take digital photos of your eyes that do not require dilation, so you can leave with your vision not being blurred.
What Happens If Your Optometrist Finds Vision Problems?
Any problems with your vision will be discussed with your optometrist during the same visit. They'll be able to give you a prescription that same day for what they recommend in terms of corrective lenses. Most optometrists will offer you the ability to order glasses from their office, or you can take that prescription elsewhere and order glasses from wherever you like. Keep in mind that you'll likely need to have a copy of the prescription to show that it has come from an actual optometrist.
Contact a local optometry office to learn more.